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Shady Hollow Assisted Riding Horsemanship Camps

Shady Hollow Assisted Riding (SHAR) will host summer camps from June 20 through 24 at Shady Hollow Farm, located in the heart of Berks County, alongside the Schuylkill River. 


Mini-camp, from 9 a.m. to noon, will teach basic horsemanship skills to children ages 5 to 7. Trained instructors, along with supportive volunteers, will help campers learn proper grooming, use of tack and equipment, and the care, feeding, riding and leading of horses. A snack break and craft or game time are included. 


Full-day camp, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is designed for children ages 7 to 12. Campers will assist with daily farm chores such as feeding, haying/watering and barn maintenance. The rest of the day will include riding, horsemanship skill classes, games and crafts. One day will include a swim at Maple Springs Pool, and campers will spend an afternoon at the camp site down by the river. 


SHAR, a nonprofit organization, provides an equine experience for people with physical, psychological and emotional needs. Summer camp participation helps to financially support these endeavors. 


Cost: Mini-camp, $175; full-day camp, $350. Additional cost for extended care. Registration forms, along with the $25 registration fee, must be submitted by June 10. All current registered SHAR riders receive a 20 percent discount. Location: 959 E. Main St., Birdsboro. For more information, call 610-858-7937, email [email protected] or visit 

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